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Booklist - 10/01/2005 page 24
Christian Retailing - 08/22/2005 page 16
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Studio: Warner Faith
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Aug 24, 2005
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
Series Elect Trilogy
ISBN 0446694916 ISBN13 9780446694919
Availability 33 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 21, 2016 02:51.
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More About Shelley Bates
RITA Award(r) winning author and Christy finalist Shelley Adina wrote her first novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Shelley is a world traveler who loves to imagine what might have been. Between books, she loves playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.
Reviews - What do customers think about Pocketful Of Pearls: A Novel (Not Available-Out Of?
A beautiful "gem" of a book! Aug 19, 2006
Pocketful of Pearls is the first Shelley Bates book that I have read, so I didn't know what to expect - I was elated to find it to be an intelligently-written, deep, and engaging Christian novel! That is quite a feat, considering that most "Christian" novels consist of nothing more than fluff parading as depth; there is no fluff to be found in "Pocketful of Pearls"!
Though in the beginning of the novel I had some minor discrepancies with character development and subtext, I quickly got over it as I became wholly engrossed in the plot as it unfolded. The characters are not perfect, but are perfectly loveable, and while they may be a bit dramatic or exaggerated, they are still very realistic given the setting. I was intrigued from the start by the idea of the main character growing up in a "toxic church", and continued to be fascinated with the social structure and practices of the church as I learned more about them. I look forward to reading Bates' other novels which are also set in the same church.
I highly recommend Pocketful of Pearls to anyone over the age of 16, due to some of the sensitive material covered. The story of Dinah Traynell may be shocking or grotesque to some, but Bates handles it in such a tactful way, and artfully uses her character's situation to show the power of God's love and redemption, so as long as the reader has a measure of maturity, it is a novel that I know you will learn from and love!
A believable, uplifting story of a Christian cult that you don't want to miss! Jun 27, 2006
Shelley Bates has a fantastic way of getting deep into the sludge of apostate and deceptive Christianity (Cults) and addressing the hard-core issues in a non-offensive way that can also be extremely uplifting. Without going into the details of the story, from the very first page, I found myself connected in a deep way to the heroine, Dinah, as she battles a life-long indoctrination in a toxic church and begins to see sparks of light and truth dawn on the darkness. Her relationship with the hero, Matthew is believable and handled with care under the circumstances of the abuse Dinah has had to endure. The ending is satisfying and encouraging. This is definitely a page-turner that will give you a great understanding of the true love and grace of God.
This story is priceless...and the title is SO perfect and symbolic Sep 26, 2005
I don't like to tip off the reader by telling the entire story in advance, or there is no point in reading the book. But I will say this... Be prepared for a page turner when you pick up this novel. It isn't a warm-and-fuzzy feel-good read, but it is powerful and will make your heart swell to unbelievable proportions as you rejoice and cry with the heroine. (Can you tell I write fiction, LOL!) Also, the author's ability to lure the reader into the mind of someone raised in a cult is SO on target. I've worked with abused women for nearly 18 years and I can tell you for certain that she has the internal thoughts and struggles of the victim down to a science. What can I say? I REALLY loved this story. Unlike most novels dealing with the harsh subject of childhood abuse, Pocketful of Pearls offers the reader grit, but served with a whole lot of bravery and hope. The characters are realistic and not super-human, yet strong in their own ways. This is a must read for people who want to get sucked into a novel and experience emotion by traveling the journey with the hero and heroine. Great plotting, too. I can't say enough wonderful things about this story. Again, I won't destroy it by sharing too many details, but rather than being a depressing story, Pocketful of Pearls is a healing one.
A Priceless Pearl of a Novel Sep 21, 2005
Very few Christian authors would take on the subject of a "toxic church" and its affects. In her first novel, Grounds to Believe, Shelley Bates lays the groundwork for this, letting the reader interface as outsiders into this strange world of the Elect. In her second novel, A Pocketful of Pearls, the reader feels each sharp pain of the heroine, Dinah, as if they themselves were enmeshed in the tight web of the Elect. This is a gripping novel which is difficult to put down; have kleenex ready as you cheer on the heroine's brave attempts to right her world. And look forward to A Sounding Brass, the last novel in the trilogy. Absolutely tightly written prose, emotional and fulfilling, so don't miss any book in this series!
Pocketful of Pearls Aug 24, 2005
xtending Christian charity to a drifting vagabond goes against the teachings of her strict "church", yet Dinah does so, never guessing that one act will change her life forever. Matthew's entry into her life is the seeming catalyst to a chain of events that will turn her world on its ear. Even before he arrived, the pangs of upheaval had begun with her father's death. Now, she dares to want more than what the Elect will allow her. Her sister's sudden return from exile, just long enough to drop off her baby into Dinah's care, exacerbates things, especially when she learns that the baby is the child of the man who raped all the women in her family. Unable to stand the spiritual and physical abuse anymore, Dinah realizes that her life has nothing to do with God, and everything to do with a sick and twisted charlatan. Though she risks losing everything she has ever known, Dinah is forced to make a stand for truth.
**** Seldom does one find a hard hitting Christian novel; the norm for the genre is sweetness and light. Yet, this book defies the standard to deliver a compelling story that shines a light on cultic activity that diverts just a shade off of true faith. This is a wonderful book that illuminates II Peter chapter two. ****